2008 MercedesBenz C300 and C350 Test drive and new car review…

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Calling all aspiring Mercedes

The all-new C-Class is an important car for It’s the one charged with new buyers into the Mercedes and keeping them there. The new C is and better equipped than the model, plus it’s in both Sport and Luxury to suit different buyers’ Yes, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz is good — but is it good to see off the competition? Read on. Base in the low-to-mid $30s, EPA mileage TBA at low 20s in the city, high 20s on the road).

Glance: If you build it, will come?

You’d think a premium brand like would be most concerned its most expensive (and models. Fact is, the entry-level is a critical car for Mercedes-Benz. Last 60% of C-class customers were Mercedes owners. The C-Class has to be attractively enough to bring in and built and equipped well to get them back to buy another more expensive) Mercedes and another after that, and after that.

While the outgoing C looked a sporty version of the mid-size the new C has a face that resembles the S-class. It’s bigger the old car, too — nearly 4 and 1.7 wider. For a mid-size sedan, are significant increases that more passenger and cargo

Mercedes is following a strategy began in 2007 with the of the revamped E-Class: Two distinct Sport and Luxury, distinguished by styling cues inside and The most noticeable difference is the (link goes to photo); models have a giant star embedded in the middle, Luxury models get a more grille with a stand-up ornament. Sports also unique body trim and with staggered-width tires rears are wider than the Inside, Luxury versions get a steering wheel and wood while the Sport gets a wheel with silver around the center console and

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In the Driver’s Great seats, awful

Tan interior looks nice in but in real life the shiny gives it a bit of a low-rent feel

© Aaron Gold

The C offers a driving position with visibility and comfy front covered in MB Tex (a convincing faux the real stuff costs The dashboard slopes down the occupants, which contributes to the big-car feel. But the dash is in acres of hard plastic only a bit of chrome to break it up. The interior looks just while the two-tone tan borders on To me, the wood-trimmed elegance of the E-Class is the by which Mercedes interiors be judged. Compare these pics of the C-Class and E-Class the C just doesn’t measure up.

get a bit better as your eyes downward. The stereo and Bluetooth-compatible controls are a bit button-happy for my liking, but can be controlled by a dial (similar to Multimedia Interface and BMW’s and steering wheel buttons. The also runs the optional Multimedia Package, which a navigation system, Harmon-Kardon 6-disc CD/DVD changer, 7 color screen. PCMCIA card slot (to read from your computer), the to convert CDs to MP3s and store up to 4 GB and to play DVD movies when the car is Climate controls have simplified and the well-designed center has big cupholders and twin armrests flip up to reveal a large bin.

I found the back seat a bit and lacking in thigh support. The is huge at 16.8 cubic but a fold-down rear seat comes as part of a $2750 package.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

On the Road: New powertrain but Sport isn’t sporty

The new C-Class offers a choice of two V6 A 3.0 liter unit for the C300 and a 3.5 motor for the C350. Both with a 7-speed automatic and with optional all-wheel-drive for the and an optional 6-speed manual for the C300 Sport. I sampled a Luxury and a C350 Sport, with automatic transmission and While the C300’s engine was adequate, it didn’t have the of power one normally expects a premium luxury car. On curvy roads, it felt it was struggling to haul the C300’s lbs. The 3.5 liter engine in the had a much easier time, but the is only available in Sport The 7-speed automatic is wonderful for driving as you’ll hardly feel it shift, but when a was needed for more power I it slow to respond.

Sport models have a suspension tuned for more handling, and the C350 Sport I drove had optional ($1,000) 18 AMG in place of the 17s standard on all C-Class The Sport is athletic, but I’d short of calling it truly fun to The C300 Luxury has a noticeably (and somewhat quieter) and while it isn’t quite as and well-composed in the corners, it holds the pavement nearly as well as the model. The steering — in Sport and Luxury models is excellent; it has a light feel, straight and true on the freeway and crisply to sudden turns. brakes are standard, as is electronic and traction control.

Journey’s End: A true — but is that enough?

Sport and Luxury models can be distinguished by their grilles that’s the Sport on the left, on the right

Photo by Greg

So what cars have the factor in this price The Lexus ES350 offers luxury, more space, and available options at the expense of running gear. BMW’s 328i makes a better car, while the Audi A4 is involving to drive, though its is Spartan and its controls more If you like to go fast, the Infiniti G35 is a alternative to the C350 Sport. The Passat 3.6 is fast, well-equipped, and And while I know that people will retch they read this, the Hyundai Azera and Buick deliver a smooth ride and interior at a bargain price.

If you’re interested in a C because you are for a low-cost Mercedes, you won’t be — the C offers the stately and solid feel for which is famous. Still, you do get what you pay and the C gives up many of the attributes make its more expensive so endearing. Me, I’d either together the money for a base-model or I’d buy a different car. Aaron Gold

Mercedes-Benz C-Class


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